Why is the Tiger protection plan in India failing?



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    There are several factors. The presence of bureaucracy is causing problems with the process, as well as some reported corruption within the Indian government. There is also a lack of modern equipment to catch the poachers, and that has set the program back a lot. There are also reports of a poacher insurgency that has formed and is fighting the people who are out there trying to protect tigers.

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    These are some of the issues that stand in the way of implementing effective tiger protection laws:

    * Bureaucratic turf wars and corruption
    * Land development: India’s 29 independent state governments are continuing to sell land around the tiger reserves for hotels and mining interests
    * Domestic insurgency: Maoist rebels are active in seven of the 38 tiger reserves
    * Lack of effective firearms: Forest guards are outgunned, and do not have shoot-to-kill permissions
    * Forest dwellers: People living on and near the tiger reserves eagerly accept bribes from poachers to guide them through dense jungles
    * No law enforcement at the porous India-Nepal border

    But perhaps the pressing issue that most people choose to keep mum about is the fact that China has been quite reluctant about working with India to protect the tigers. With the Chinese “Year of the Tiger” coming up in 2010, there is a greater demand for tiger parts. “In a recent Reuters article, Ramesh explained that the poaching of India’s tigers is driven by the use of tiger parts in China. He also stated that the tiger farms are in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.” When confronted about the issue, Chinese officials simply said that “there is no link between Chinese tiger farms and Indian tiger poaching.”

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